• Disney Characters Liven Up Opening Of Rival Wanda City
    Some strange characters were spotted at the opening of Wanda Cultural Tourism City, the Dalian Wanda Group's purported Disney-killing theme park in Nanchang, China, over the weekend - namely Captain America, Snow White and Star Wars storm troopers.
  • 'Added Sugars' Make The Cut On Final Nutrition Facts Labels
    First Lady Michelle Obama took the wrappings off an anticipated, battle-tested Nutrition Facts label on Friday requiring that packaged goods manufacturers list the amount of added sugars in their products sold in the U.S. and list calories, servings per container and serving-size information in bigger type, among other changes, according to a Food and Drug Administration explanation.
  • Apple Sells Its New Retail Vision To The Media
    On the day of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the first Apple Store, the retail disrupter yesterday opened to the media the 42-by-40-foot sliding glass doors on San Francisco's Union Square that will remain open in nice weather and are the face of its transactional and interactional future. The view from inside was apparently just as inviting, judging by most reporters' reactions and #applestore Photos (presumably).
  • Google's Coming Home, Among Other Developments
    Google yesterday introduced Google Home, a rival to Amazon's Echo and whatever Apple is dreaming up as the next iteration of Siri, along with a bevy of other products-in-the-making at its 10th annual developers conference, Google I/O.
  • Prestigious Panel Finds GE Crops Safe To Eat; 'Buts' Remain
    All the evidence shows that genetically engineered foods are safe to eat, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine decreed yesterday in a long-anticipated report that nonetheless provided critics with talking points to keep swirling the controversy over their widespread adoption. For one thing, the claim that they significantly increase crop yield - and are therefore critical to ending the global hunger crises - is apparently overblown.
  • Bill Backer, Who Taught The World A Thing Or Two, Dead At 89
    Bill Backer, who brought us Miller Time, "Soup Is Good Food" and "I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing," among other indelible memes from the golden age of TV advertising, died last Friday at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Va. He was 89.
  • Amazon Readying Bevy Of Private Label Packaged Goods
    Amazon is ready to hit the market with a barrage of private label grocery-store products for Prime customers, the "Wall Street Journal" reports, further disrupting not only how consumers get their goods but also what brands they buy.
  • Apple Hails A $1 Billion Ride With China's Didi
    As Alphabet chugged past it to reclaim the coveted-if-meaningless "most valuable" company designation based on market cap, Apple yesterday revealed a $1 billion investment in Beijing-based Didi Chuxing Technology, whose ride-hailing app is the chief rival to UberChina in the world's most populous country.
  • Nissan's 237 Billion Yen For Mitsubishi Will Give It 34%
    Nissan Motor is taking a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in a "far-reaching alliance" that will make it the largest shareholder of its scandal-plagued rival going forward. The deal, which is valued at 237 billion yen ($2.2 billion), is expected to close by the end of the year and must be approved by regulators and Mitsubishi shareholders.
  • FDA Will Review What 'Healthy' Means
    Salmon, avocados and almonds are "healthy" for you, right? And packaged foods with scads of sugar are not, correct? Well, that's not what the current Food and Drug Administration guidelines on food-label claims would indicate, which is why the agency is reevaluating "the regulations concerning nutrition content claims, generally, including the term 'healthy,'" it revealed yesterday.
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